New Dublin office for Data Protection Commissioner
The Office of the Data Protection Commissioner (ODPC) will move to a new premises at 21 Fitzwilliam Square South in Dublin, following an announcement from Taoiseach Enda Kenny.
The new office will compliment the ODPC's existing premises in Portarlington in Co Laois and will provide accommodation for up to 40 new staff.
Mr Kenny said that the new office will improve accessibility to the ODPC.
"Located in the heart of Dublin, these premises, on one of the city's iconic Georgian squares, will increase the visibility and accessibility of the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner - sending a strong signal that data protection is a key priority for Ireland."
The Office of Public Works (OPW) will carry out work on the state-owned building to fit it out and restore it, aiming to be completed next summer.
Minister for Data Protection Dara Murphy said that the new premises highlights the ODPC's stronger resources.
"The securing of this new Dublin premises follows on from the significant increase in resources allocated to the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner in the last two budgets," the minister said.
"This has allowed the Commissioner to recruit additional staff and plan ahead for the further scaling-up of the Office, in anticipation of the new EU General Data Protection Regulation."
Commissioner Helen Dixon welcomed the addition of a permanent Dublin office and said that more staff increases at the office are on the way.
"Already over the last six months, 16 new staff including lawyers, technologists, investigators and a communications specialist have joined the Dublin-based DPC team.
"With a further round of recruitment now again under way we are greatly looking forward to settling into a new permanent location during 2016."